Struggling politician Eliud Owalo has proven that there are no permanent enemies in politics after joining Deputy President’s camp ahead of the 2022 General Election.
Owalo, a former aide of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga ditched the party to join Musalia Mudavadi’s Amani National Congress (ANC) late last year, and on whose ticket he vied for the Kibra parliamentary seat and lost to ODM’s Imran Okoth, a brother to the late MP Ken Okoth.
In the by-election, he third, garnering 5,275 votes against Okoth’s 24,636 votes. The Jubilee Party’s MacDonald Mariga, who was chaperoned by Deputy President William Ruto, came second, managing 11, 230 votes.
A year after the resounding Kibra mini-poll defeat, Owalo announced his resignation from the ANC and vowed to support Deputy President Ruto, the man he had sworn on a public podium that he would never work with.
Addressing a political rally in Kibra last year, Owalo said he would not risk ruining his reputation by working with Ruto whom he branded as a “thief”.
“I, Owalo, have stood with Raila Odinga, an honest person; I have stood with Mudavadi, another honest person. Do you think I will ruin my reputation and strike a political deal with a thief?… There is no day you will hear that Owalo has struck a political deal with William Ruto, ” he said.
While leaving ANC, Owalo said there was a need to allow space for the party leader to craft his 2022 presidential campaign.
Making a fresh declaration on Monday, 14th September, during a meeting at DP Ruto’s Karen residence, the Nairobi-based management consultant who served as a senior strategist for Odinga’s presidential campaign in 2013 and 2017, said he was keen to support a government that recognises human rights, guided by the rule of law and one that responds to the challenge facing common Kenyans.
“I have with effect from today made a deliberate and conscious decision to stand with Kenyans by pursuing my political interests and aspirations within the ambit of the ‘Hustler’ political matrix. I’m also going the full-hog with Bill Ruto’ 2022,” said Owalo.